Dragon News

Findley Elementary School

March 16, 2020

Message from the Principal

Findley Families,

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this very dynamic situation. Governor Brown announced last week all schools in Oregon will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Students are slated to return April 1.

The district has prepared a remote learning webpage where you can access a variety of resources to help keep students engaged in learning over this extended break. Included in these resources are suggested activities for reading, writing, math, social studies, science, emotional well-being and English Language Development. I would encourage you to look at all the resources available.

Below is the district’s statement on remote learning:

Remote Learning

BSD Teaching & Learning Department is providing suggested lessons and activities that families can use to keep students engaged in learning during this extended school closure. Remote learning activities are organized by grade level and contain a combination of low tech and technology-based options across multiple subject areas, including consideration for student physical and mental wellness. Our goal is to provide a structure for at-home learning so families have some easy-to-implement activities to prevent regression and learning loss during this break. Include link:

Remote Learning Web Page.

For tech support, please contact your school office and you will be directed to the school’s technology support specialist.

Here is more information you might find helpful:

Elementary Conferences

Elementary Conferences scheduled for April 2-3 and April 16-17 are canceled. These days will be restored as Student Contact days. This means that the students will be in attendance with expectations of a regular school day. Elementary Parent Conferences will not be rescheduled. Nutrition and transportation services will be provided.

How the Closure will affect the End of the School Year

At this time, we do not know how this emergency closure will affect the end of the 2019-2020 school year. We will keep you updated as details become available.

We have a list of community resources available on our website. Please visit https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/student-services/community-resources

Comcast Internet Essentials: Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, anyone who signs up for Internet Essentials will receive two free months of Internet service.

Health Care: The Beaverton School Based Health Center will be open during the closure and spring break.

Please know that while our office won’t be open to the public, we will be working next week (3/16-3/20) and stand ready to answer any questions you might have during this time. Give us a call-we are here for you.

Stay Healthy Dragons!

Sherry Marsh, Ed.D

Due to the school closures, we will extend the Application Deadline for 6th Grade AVID to Friday, April 10th

Remote Learning - Scholastic

If you are looking for some different find activities while we are out of school, check out the Scholastic magazine site. They are offering free Learn at Home Day-by-day projects.



The Nutrition Services Department will be providing lunch for all students and children ages one (1) and up March 16 – 20, March 30, and March 31 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at designated school sites (listed below).

  • Meals will be available for all students. Students must be present to be given a meal.

  • We will be handing meals out, grab & go style. Cafeterias will not be open for dining. Curbside pick-up will be available.

  • Sites:

    • Aloha Huber Park K-8

    • Barnes Elementary School

    • Beaver Acres Elementary School

    • Chehalem Elementary School

    • Fir Grove Elementary School

    • Hazeldale Elementary School

    • Kinnaman Elementary School

    • McKinley Elementary School

    • Raleigh Hills K-8

    • Vose Elementary School

    • William Walker Elementary School

    • Whitford Middle School

    • Beaverton High School

    • Southridge High School

    • Sunset High School

Dear Families,

I know in this time of uncertainty, a lot of emotions can come up in our kids and in the adults as well. Here are a few resources I thought might be helpful. Stay healthy and thank you for all you do as wonderful parents to your amazing kids.


Emily Gotfried

School Counselor

Resource to share

Behavioral Health & Wellness Resources

RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES: Tips for how to talk to your child about coronavirus.

All Levels:

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource

Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource; en español

Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus

Coronavirus Zine/Comic Book

General Tips for staying safe & well at home:

CDC Frequently Asked Questions

Handwashing and Hand Sanitizer Use at Home

Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

General CDC fact sheets to help understand COVID-19

What you need to know

What to do if you are sick

Stop the spread of germs

Brain breaks/stress busters/mindfulness ideas:

All School Age Levels:

Meditation Apps for Kids

Journal Prompts for Kids on Self Esteem & Confidence

15 Mindfulness and Relaxation Apps for Kids with Anxiety

Elementary School Level:

Mindful Ozzy Introduces Mindfulness

Freeze Dance

Root to Rise

Zen Den-Listening Exercise

Activity: Teaching Gratitude to Kids

Just Breathe by Mindful Schools

Yoga for the Classroom-All Ages!

5 Minute Yoga

Sun Salutations and Yoga with Animals

Butterfly Body Scan

Middle School Level:

A Simple Mindful Gratitude Exercise

Gratitude Curriculum for Middle & High Schoolers-Has MULTIPLE Activities!

Mindfulness for Middles Instructional Article: Getting Buy-In and Activities

Mindfulness for Middle School: Explanation for Students

20 Minute Yoga Practice for Tweens for Stress Relief

“Release” – A Whirlwind of Daily Pressures: How Students Cope by Mindful Schools: Beginning discussion about anxiety followed by mindfulness explanation. Involves interviews with students discussing their anxiety, this could potentially be triggering to highly anxious kiddos.

Yoga for the Classroom-All Ages!

13 Minute Body Scan

Everyday Mindfulness: An Explanation

Why Mindfulness is a Superpower

5 Minute Meditation

High School Level:

Mindfulness for Teens

Mindfulness Exercises (for Teens)

10 Minute Mindfulness Meditation: Self Soothing by Calm

10 Minute Mindfulness Meditation: The Power of Community by Calm

Gratitude Curriculum for Middle & High Schoolers-Has MULTIPLE Activities!

20 Minute Yoga Practice for Teens

Yoga for the Classroom-All Ages!

An Experiment in Gratitude Use this as an intro to doing a gratitude practice with your teen!

Why Mindfulness is a Superpower

20 Minute Meditation: 10 Minutes Guided 10 Minutes Open

Dealing with Difficult Moments

Tips for those students who have existing MH conditions? Reminders about local resources?

How to Talk to Your Anxious Child About the Coronavirus

Pennies for Patients

Dear Students and Families,

Thank you so much for your amazing contributions to Pennies for Patients! We have surpassed our goal already! Students have been working hard to raise money and have also had the job of counting the money coming in and recording it. These contributions make a huge difference in the life of someone with blood cancer and we thank you so much for all of your giving.

Due to school closures next week, we will be announcing winners when we get back to school. Online giving only will remain OPEN until 3/20.

Thank you for your amazing caring heart, Findley Community!

Sincerely, Emily Gotfried

Emily Gotfried


School Counselor

Findley Elementary School

Whats Happening!

Announcements week of 3/6

Announcements 3-9

Findley PTO

Findley PTO: Supporting our students by connecting parents, staff, and the community!

Visit our website at www.findleypto.com or email president@findleypto.com.

Donations of Disinfectant Wipes & Hand Sanitizer Needed!!!

The stores are sold out of disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer. Please donate your extra supplies to the Findley library and classrooms to keep surfaces clean during this cold & flu season. Donations can be left in the office and it will be distributed to teachers who need them.

(We have been told that the Bethany QFC does have sanitizer as of 3/5)

Findley Field Improvement News!!!

We have good news to share from the PTO! After years of trying to move forward on improving our field, we have finally gotten a reasonable quote to begin Phase I of a multi-tier project.

Sometime in the next month or two, a vendor will be onsite to start work on installing sprinklers on the field. The track will be closed during this time. The project will take no more than 3 weeks.

Once this phase is completed, the PTO Board will evaluate future plans for the second phase of the project, which is drainage.

Up Coming Events


School out 3/17 - 3/31


1st - Students return to school

10th - No School Grading Day - TBD

15th - Passport Club

17th - Passport Recheck

17th - All School Assembly

23rd - Kindy Roundup

24th - No School - Staff Development


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